Hair and Makeup Requirements
LITTLE ANGELS - Hair should be worn with the top half pulled back tightly into a band or a barrette to give a good base for bobby pinning the halo in place. Then french braid your hair and tuck it under to not show if it’s long, or keep it in a low ponytail. No buns because they make comical little door knob looking thingies under the veils. Ginger girls low buns. Ginger boys, no worries.
PARTY GIRLS - Pull your hair into a bun, no wispies and securely attach your beautiful curls. It is best to use two bobby pins together making an X. One holds the hair and the other secures the pin.
PARTY BOYS - Real boys, real hair. You may need to use some hair product to keep it from flying around too much. Girls pretending to be brothers: low flat bun, or french braid, or if your hair is short, small pony tail
PARTY PARENTS - Real men, real hair. Real women, fake hair. Or use your own, but remember the magical Dickens era and use braids and buns and ringlets and hair nets. With all the lovely fake hair on your “daughters” you want to keep up.
JUNIOR COMPANY - Soldiers and mice low buns to make sure they aren’t in the way of your heads and hats. Chocolate/ Tea/ Peppermints/ Mirlitons - low bun, no part, no wispies
SENIOR COMPANY - Bun right behind your nose. If it’s higher your snow or halo won’t sit right, if it’s too low, tiaras look funny. Real boys, real hair - so easy.
A note about hair products: gels and mousse work great, and hair spray is your friend, but dressing rooms are crowded, so spray in an out-of-the-way, well-ventilated spot not to get in the eyes and noses of others. Bobby pins should be used in pairs making x’s. No headpiece should ever fall off EVER, that would be bobby pin user error, and really we should all be able to master the bobby pin. Hair nets should be on all buns.
In regular lighting your face is defined by where the light hits your features and where the shadows fall. On stage, light hits you from all directions and you have no shadows, so you look flat and washed out. Up close, stage make-up isn’t so attractive.
Here is an example of where to apply highlights and shading to your face.
Red lips for girls, brownish red for men and only the center inch of the lips.
Outline the eye features, false eyelashes are a quick and easy way to give dimension to your eyes. Don’t close the eye liner at the out side edge, just extend out parallel with a slight lift up. Eye shadows should be earth tones. A soft line of brown shadow under the jaw helps to define the face as well. Below is an example of where to apply highlights and shadows. Play with it at home and give it a whirl tech rehearsals.
Children just need eye liner, blush and lipstick with a touch of eye shadow.
A Fabulous Makeup tutorial from CPYB...